At the start of 2015 we were supplying school clothing, books and other items to children at five shelters in south-east Queensland. By the end of the year that number had increased to 16. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, more than 80 shelters and other family support organisations now contact us when the children they care for need school essentials. These organisations are located throughout Queensland, from the Gold Coast to Weipa and Mornington Island, as well as in Mt Isa and other western regions. 13 of the shelters are run by indigenous organisations.
In 2016, in response to a request from the manager of a shelter in Tasmania, Zephyr’s Executive agreed to supply school items to children in all shelters operating in that State. On 17 November 2016, Zephyr Education Inc was approved to operate as a charity in Tasmania. We are now supplying school essentials to all seven shelters operating in Tasmania.
In September 2018, Zephyr Education Inc was approved to operate as a charity in Western Australia. We are already supplying school essentials to children in five shelters in Perth.